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The man suspected of fatally shooting six relatives and leaving one injured during an early Monday morning shooting spree in suburban Philadelphia has been found dead.
This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in Norristown, Pa., shows Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa., a suspect in six shooting deaths in Montgomery County on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said all of the victims have a "familial relationship" to Stone. (AP Photo/Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A poolice officer runs a line near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
CORRECTS CITY TO PENNSBURG INSTEAD OF SOUDERTON - Police move near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Authorities say Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
CORRECTS CITY TO PENNSBURG INSTEAD OF SOUDERTON - Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Authorities say Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Stonekilled six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police move near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
This undated photo provided by the Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney in Norristown, Pa., shows Bradley William Stone, 35, of Pennsburg, Pa., a suspect in six shooting deaths in Montgomery County on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said all of the victims have a "familial relationship" to Stone. (AP Photo/Montgomery County Office of the District Attorney)
A gunman suspected of killing five people in three separate locations in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania is believed to be barricaded inside a home. SWAT officers and an armored vehicle responded to the scene as other authorities could be seen outside a home. Police say the shootings began early Monday morning. The first victim... a woman was found dead just before 4 a.m in Lower Salford Township. Two more victims were discovered shortly after that in Lansdale.
Police move near a home where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police move near the scene of a shooting at a home Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. A suspect is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A police officer moves near the scene of a shooting Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. Police are surrounding a home in Souderton, outside Philadelphia, where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police move near the scene of a shooting Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. Police are surrounding a home in Souderton, outside Philadelphia, where a suspect is believed to have barricaded himself after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A police officer stands near the scene of a shooting Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. A suspect is believed to have barricaded himself inside a Souderton home after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations.
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
WPVI-TV reports that a gunman is barricaded in a house in Souderton, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. Police were called after two people were found dead in a home. Three others were found shot to death in two other locations. (Reuters)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
CORRECTS CITY TO PENNSBURG INSTEAD OF SOUDERTON - Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Authorities say Stone killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Pennsburg, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. Stonekilled six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Police gather near a home, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa., where suspect Bradley William Stone is believed to have barricaded himself inside after shootings at multiple homes. The man killed six people and seriously wounded another in three different homes outside Philadelphia and remained at large hours after the shootings, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A police officer stands at the door of a crime scene at a home Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in Souderton, Pa. A suspect was believed to have been barricaded inside after shootings at multiple homes. Police tell WPVI-TV the man is suspected of killing a five people Monday morning at three different homes northwest of Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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PENNSBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The manhunt for a Marine veteran suspected of killing his ex-wife and five of her relatives amid a child custody dispute has spread to two suburban Philadelphia counties.

Some schools were closed Tuesday, hospitals and other public places increased security and residents remained on heightened alert.

That's even as officials lifted a shelter in place order for parts of Bucks County where a knife-wielding, fatigue-clad man resembling Bradley William Stone attempted a carjacking Monday night.

Monday's rampage started before dawn at the home of Stone's former sister-in-law in Souderton and ended about 90 minutes later at ex-wife Nicole Stone's apartment in nearby Harleysville.

Stone's former wife, 33-year-old Nicole Stone, was found dead after a neighbor saw Brad Stone fleeing just before 5 a.m. Monday with their two young daughters.

Manhunt Continues Near Philadelphia

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

A woman who told neighbors she feared her ex-husband would kill her was among six people found fatally shot in three suburban Philadelphia homes, and her Marine veteran former husband was on the run.

Suspect Bradley Michael Stone, 35, remained at large early Tuesday, causing one local school district to close schools as a precaution. Residents of nearby communities had been asked to shelter in place temporarily late Monday as an intense manhunt spread to their areas.

His former wife, 33-year-old Nicole Stone, was found dead after a neighbor saw Brad Stone fleeing just before 5 a.m. Monday with their two young daughters.

Police then made the grim discovery of five people killed in two other houses: Nicole Stone's sister, brother-in-law and 14-year-old niece were dead. A 17-year-old nephew was left clinging to life. And her mother and grandmother had been fatally shot.

Brad Stone and his ex-wife had been locked in a court fight over their children's custody since she filed for divorce in 2009. He filed an emergency motion early this month, although the resulting Dec. 9 ruling remains sealed in court files.

"She would tell anybody who would listen that he was going to kill her and that she was really afraid for her life," said Evan Weron, a neighbor at the Pheasant Run Apartments in Harleysville.

He said Nicole Stone would talk frequently about the custody dispute.

"(Nicole) came into the house a few times, a few separate occasions, crying about how it was very upsetting to her," Weron said.

Neighbors woke to the sounds of breaking glass and gunshots coming from Nicole Stone's apartment early Monday. They alerted authorities after seeing her ex-husband racing away with the children. The girls later were found safe with his neighbors, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.

She declined to discuss the weapon or weapons involved in the slayings, and said authorities did not know if Stone was traveling on foot.

Stone, who's white, about 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, likely was wearing military fatigues and may have shaved off his facial hair, said Ferman. She added that he sometimes used a cane or walker.

"As I stand here right now, we do not know where he is," Ferman said at an evening news briefing.

The briefing came as SWAT teams surrounded his Pennsburg home for hours on Monday and pleaded through a bullhorn for him to surrender.

Later that night, police in neighboring Bucks County swarmed an area outside Doylestown after an attempted carjacking by a man dressed in fatigues and similar in appearance to Stone.

The rampage started in Souderton at the home of Brad Stone's former sister-in-law and ended about 90 minutes later at Nicole Stone's apartment in nearby Harleysville, Ferman said.

Nicole Stone's sister, Patricia Flick, her sister's husband, Aaron Flick, and the couple's 14-year-old daughter, Nina Flick, were killed in the first wave of violence, which was not discovered until nearly 8 a.m. Their 17-year-old son, Anthony Flick, was pulled from the house with a head wound and was taken in an armored vehicle and then by helicopter to a Philadelphia hospital for treatment.

Nicole Stone's mother, Joanne Hill, and grandmother Patricia Hill were killed next at their home in nearby Lansdale. Investigators were alerted by a hang-up call to emergency dispatchers, Ferman said.

Then they got the call from Nicole Stone's neighbors.

Harleysville, Lansdale and Souderton are within a few miles of each other.

"I'm (angry) because he could have come to my door and I could have taken him to a treatment center, and we could have worked this out," said longtime friend Matthew Schafte.

He described Stone as a Marine veteran who served in Iraq, but said he was not aware of any resulting injuries.

"He was pumped to go into the military," said Schafte, who said his friend was a fixture at a local American Legion post, both before and after his service.

His wife, Tina Bickert Schafte, said she had babysat for both Nicole Stone and her sister Patricia when they were growing up.

Brad and Nicole Stone married in 2004 and filed for divorce in 2009, court records show. Nicole Stone became engaged over the summer, neighbors said.

He had faced several driving-under-the-influence charges, one of which was handled in veterans' court and led to a three- to 23-month sentence.

Brad Stone remarried last year, according to his Facebook page and court records, and has an infant son. Neither his wife nor the son were injured. His wife's Facebook page shows their son and Stone's daughters having their picture taken with Santa on Saturday.

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